Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle can be problematic, especially when you’re on vacation. With so many things to do and places to see on your ski trip, it’s hard to keep your impact on the planet to a minimum.

To help you maintain your green lifestyle, here are some tips and tricks to reduce your carbon footprint during your ski holiday:

Cut back on air travel

Air travel accounts for 2.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce your carbon footprint by opting for other modes of transportation.

For those who live close to Park City, it’s best to travel by car or by train. Your travel time will certainly take longer compared to flying, so factor in lengthier transit times on your schedule.  Make sure there’s more than one passenger in the vehicle if you’re driving.

If you have to fly, remember that less is more 

If you have to go by plane, opt for direct flights.  Sit in economy because first-class offers more products and services that result in more waste. Also, pack less, so your stuff doesn’t add to the weight of the plane – the more weight the plane carries, the more fuel it consumes.

Choose green manufacturers 

When you’re shopping for your ski holiday, be mindful of the products you’re buying. Look for green manufacturers of ski gear. And, opt out of what’s trendy if you want to keep reusing your ski clothes and gear year after year. Better yet, repair winter coats you can still use.

Eat and drink local 

Reduce your carbon footprint by enjoying the local cuisine. Look for farm-to-table eateries or restaurants that use local, seasonal produce. Order a local beer instead of imported. Sample the area’s specialties.

Also, eat everything on your plate to prevent food waste. If you’re with your family or friends, make the experience more memorable by sharing food, especially if the portions offered are gargantuan. You’ll get a little bit of everything without  wasteful leftovers.

Your green habits don’t have to go on vacation, either

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to put your green habits on hold. Avoid buying single-use plastic bottles of water. Refill reusable water bottles instead. Purchase sunscreen in plastic-free tin containers. If you have one too many winter coats, donate to a shelter.  You can also book a ski lodge or resort with sustainable practices.

Follow the ski slope rules

Restricted areas on ski slopes are there to keep you safe and preserve the natural surroundings. When you see signs that warn you against entering a restricted area, stay out. Remember, an abundance of wildlife and plant life can be found in the mountains. Straying into restricted areas could disturb or damage natural habitats. In Park City, most wild animals are active during dawn and dusk so it’s best to keep out of the way during these times.

Looking for the best eco-friendly ski holiday destination? Check out Park City and your real estate options in the area. Call Team Schlopy, the #1 Real Estate Team at Coldwell Banker, at (435) 640-5660 or email info@teamschlopy.com today.